Nvidia, AMD Roll Out Powerful GPUs for Workstations

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2016-07-26 Print this article Print
AMD Polaris

"We are feeling very good about our Polaris launch," Su said during the call, according to a transcript on Seeking Alpha. "We laid out a strategy where we were going after the mainstream, and trying to create really a new experience in terms of both capability and price point, and I think we've done that. … Our aspirations in GPU are to certainly have very competitive products across the entire product line and so we've talked about working on Vega, which is the next-generation high-end architecture, but in terms of our competitiveness, we've executed what we thought we were going to execute and it seems like from both customer reviews and analyst reviews, that it's pretty well received by market."

For its part, Nvidia at the SIGGRAPH show rolled out the new Quadro Pascal platform with the Quadro P6000, which comes with 3,840 cores and 12 teraflops of compute performance, which means developers will be able to handle complex designs twice as fast as before, according to officials.

The company continues to ramp up the performance of its GPUs. The launch of the Quadro P6000 comes less than a week after Nvidia announced the $1,200 Pascal-based Titan X GPU, which comes with 12GB of GDDR5X memory and 3,584 cores, and a performance of 11 teraflops. The Titan X's performance ran by the 8.9 teraflops of compute power offered in the GeForce GTX 1080, which the company unveiled in May.

Along with the Quadro P6000, Nvidia also brought GPU acceleration technology to mental ray, a film-quality rendering product, and introduced the Optix 4, the latest version of the company's GPU ray tracing engine. The Optix 4 debuted on Nvidia's DGX-1 supercomputer for such use cases as deep learning and artificial intelligence, which was introduced in April. With the Optix 4, developers can create the fastest interactive rendering for film-size scenes up to 64GB, officials said.


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